Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 17th February

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Female Pochard, new on Felbrigg Lake this year

A Song Thrush was in fine voice as I walked down The Street and there were three more in the allotment field. For the first time in ages there were clear skies and early morning sunshine as I entered the park. On the water meadow, which is very waterlogged, there were seven Snipe and a pair of Egyptian Geese. Having crossed the upper sluice, I walked towards the screen where I could hear and then see Siskins feeding in the Alders, seven in total – the odd pair chasing each other through the trees. On the lake itself the number of Gadwall continues to drop whilst Tufted Duck numbers are up to 38. A lone female Pochard was new for the lake this year. A Mistle Thrush was singing from the top of a tree by the dam and the pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker were busy drumming and calling to each other. A dark looking Buzzard flew west over the treetops and a flock of Long-tailed Tits made their busy way through the undergrowth. On my way back up the lane a male Bullfinch was slightly less timid than usual and allowed me to get an acceptable grab shot.

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Looking forward to tomorrow’s first NENBC mid-week walk in the park.

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